PSC Golf from the Phantom Golf Society
Wednesday, Jan. 27, Bangpra – Stableford
It was a cold Wednesday morning and with an 11.48am tee time it was good to have a bit of a sleep in and we had another excellent field of 39 golfers after one withdrawal due to sickness. Hoping to get off a little earlier we got to Bangpra in plenty of time but as is the norm during the “High Season” we were unable to check in much before 11.00am.
The course was very busy but at least they allowed us to have a two-tee start which resulted in both lots getting away just about on time but with heavy traffic ahead of us.
The weather did warm up a bit which made it very comfortable and not too many jumpers or jackets in sight, well not on the golfers anyway and with the golf course looking quite dry at least the greens were very well maintained and in many instances “super quick”.
I for one would have thought the colder weather would have kept the monkeys away but in actual fact there were more than I have ever seen before and boy were they a nuisance. It was a full time job for the caddies who were having to guard the contents of the golf carts and on more than one occasion a monkey would pick up one of our golf balls, resulting in a chase from the caddies until the monkey dropped it. Yes, it was quite an eventful day and unfortunately a very slow one with most of us enduring rounds of four hours & fifty minutes, but all in all most of us had a good time and let’s face it, the monkeys have been there a lot longer than we have!
With the large field we were able to have three flights, A Flight for 0 to 14, B Flight for 15 to 20 and C Flight for players with handicaps of 21 and over with three places in each flight. In addition there was meant to be four nearest the pins and 2 longest first putts on th 9th & 18th greens but as often happens with a 2-tee start things get confused and we “lost” one of the near pin markers.
The winner in A Flight was Ed Wyckoff who had 34 points, 2 more that Dave Edwards in second place and in third place was Mr. San Miguel Light himself, Ian Pickles.
Jim Oakley was the winner of B Flight with a fine 40 points and with 2 golfers on 31 points it was necessary to have a count back which resulted in Mark Bonner (15 point back nine) finishing second from Paul West (14 point back nine) in third spot.
Breaking through for her very first win was Satita “New St” Cheoychao who was the C Flight winner with 39 points. Odd Holm Hansen came second with 33 points followed by Sean Larner in third place with 31.
A Flight (0-14)
1st Ed Wyckoff (12) 34pts
2nd Dave Edwards (13) 32pts
3rd Ian Pickles (14) 31pts
B Flight (15-20)
1st Jim Oakley (17) 40pts
2nd Mark Bonner (17 31pts
3rd Paul West (18) 31pts
C Flight (21+)
1st Satita Cheoychao (40) 39pts
2nd Odd Holm-Hansen (24) 33pts
3rd Sean Larner (22) 31pts
Near Pins: 2nd – Ed Wyckoff, 8th – Dave Edwards, 17th – Paul West.
Long Putts: 9th – Torben Lindgaard, 18th – Ed Wyckoff
Note: The Phantom Golf Society welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners. We generally play Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, meeting at The Phantom Bar in Soi Buakhow at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am. Breakfast is now available at the Phantom Bar from 7.30am onwards. For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to [email protected]